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It's a cat toy, people. Deal with it.

Kids have relentless curiosity and imagination galore. That magical quality often catches adults off guard in the most hilarious of ways.

Tennis pro Serena Williams recently posted a video to her TikTok showing her 5-year-old daughter Olympia (who is the spitting image of her mother, by the way) playing with a “toy” for their cat Karma.

By “toy,” I mean a tampon.



The preschooler—who seemingly snagged the product from mommy’s bathroom—took it out of its plastic wrapper, pushed the cotton through the applicator and immediately began rolling it and spreading it around in her tiny hands.

"It's a cat toy for our cat?" Serena asks Olympia, while looking through the screen with equal parts bemusement and befuddlement on her face.

“For Karrrrrrrrma,” Olympia replies, exasperated that mom can’t keep up. It’s a toy for Karma, mom, why is this so hard to get?
@serena Who am I to steal her joy, it’s a Cat Toy! 🗣Don’t @ me #OlympiasWorld♬ original sound - Serenawilliams

In Olympia’s defense, cats do like all kinds of tiny, fluffy things with little tail-like strings attached, and tampons fit that bill perfectly. So she ain’t wrong.

As her daughter goes to get more “toys,” Serena can be heard saying, “OK, let’s not play with too many of those.”

People were quick to applaud Olympia’s adorable confidence.

“She rips them open like she’s been doing this all her little life 😂,” commented one person.

Others chose to commiserate with their own parenting stories. “When my daughter was little she was in my room being too quiet. I walked upstairs and she had taken all my pads and stuck them to the wall,” wrote a fellow mom.

“😂😂 At least it’s a cat toy. My son used them on a school project as clouds😂😂😂,” wrote another.

Serena might be a world champion, but Olympia has definitely won this round. In the video’s caption, Serena wrote, "who am I to steal her joy, it’s a Cat Toy!" These two are some of the sweetest mom-and-daughter besties on the internet. Their TikTok antics are purely wholesome (and ultra relatable) fun.


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Whether you’re a horror aficionado or your scary threshold is at a level 2, you’re bound to be familiar with at least a couple of iconic horror movies. The horror genre is a huge part of our culture, allowing us to explore the darkest depths of the human psyche within the safety and comfort of home—or a theater, if you dare.

As counterintuitive as it might sound, watching horror movies can be more than stimulating entertainment for some people. It can act as a form of exposure therapy, helping reduce anxiety levels. Of course, this is not the case for everyone, but it certainly helps explain why the genre is so well loved and continues gaining popularity. Even in 2020—arguably an anxiety-inducing year for everyone—horror movies were the only ones to actually see a surge in ticket sales. Sometimes it’s just more cathartic to see an actual monster wreaking havoc in a fictional world than it is to think about all real-world worries that haunt our imaginations.

Still, not everyone can shake off that scary feeling that a horror movie elicits, and therefore might not partake in watching. Nonetheless, they might enjoy seeing the edge taken off with a bit of lighthearted humor. After all, it’s often recommended to watch a little comedy after a horror flick to clean out the heebie jeebies.

Jimmy Fallon asked folks to “take a horror movie and add one word to change the plot and tag it with #AddAWordRuinAHorrorMovie for his ever-popular Hashtags segment on “The Tonight Show.” Granted, some people took liberties with the rules—occasionally replacing a word in the title, for example—but nonetheless, grammatical fun was had. And well-known horror movie plots did undergo hilariously drastic changes.

Below are 23 of the best ones. Enjoy, because even those who can’t handle anything too scary deserve a little spooky entertainment.

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